The John Buchan Society exists to promote a wider understanding of the life and works of John Buchan, Lord Tweedsmuir (1875-1940). He was a prolific Scottish writer, best remembered now for his ‘shocker’ novel, The Thirty-Nine Steps. But he was also a historian, politician, and statesman, whose influence continues to this day.

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The ‘John Buchan Unbound’ Trailer is here!

Join Ursula Buchan & Michael Redley on a thrilling journey through the eyes of John Buchan, exploring the Great War through his writing and his iconic hero Richard Hannay. It all begins on 22nd November 2023 so follow the adventure here and stay tuned…

Ep. 1 | The Thirty-Nine Steps: On the Very Brink of War

Welcome to the first episode of ‘John Buchan Unbound’! In this gripping inaugural episode hosts Ursula Buchan and Michael Redley embark on a captivating exploration of John Buchan’s ‘The Thirty-Nine Steps’. Dive into the heart-pounding adventures of Buchan’s most famous character, Richard Hannay, as Ursula and Michael bring unique insights into Buchan’s life, his writing style, and how his experiences shaped the thrilling narratives of espionage and adventure. See how Buchan’s work echoed the tumultuous times he lived in.